MORONGO BASIN — Voters sent Republican Congressman Paul Cook back to the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Nov. 6, with 60 percent of the vote.
“It’s a great honor and a humbling experience to be reelected to Congress. I can’t thank the voters enough for their support, especially in places like the Morongo Basin, where I’ve always counted my neighbors as my strongest advocates,” Cook said Wednesday.
“My reelection is the culmination of hard work from many individuals, and the victory stands as a testament to voters’ preference for strong leadership focused on national security, better jobs, and real solutions — a rejection of the extremism gripping other parts of our country.”
Cook’s challenger, far-right Republican Tim Donnelly, received 43,589 votes.
Cook returns to a Congress that no longer holds a Republican majority. The House now has 222 Democrats and 196 Republicans.
Cook spoke last month about his willingness to reach across the aisle.
“I’ll continue to do everything in my power to fight for this vast, rural district and make voters proud of their choice,” Cook said Wednesday.